As you know, a couple weeks ago, there was a shooting at a historic African-American church in South Carolina. A young Caucasian man killed nine African-American men and women. This was ruled a hate crime.
Every state has their own laws against hate crimes and resulting consequences, but you can guess they’re all pretty close to being the same. In Santa Clarita, one can and will be punished for harming, threatening, or harassing a person because of their sexual orientation, religion, nationality, gender, race or ethnicity, or disability.
Now, hate crimes can get tricky in their own way if or when (by definition) no true hate crime occurred:
- A person can be wrongly accused of a hate crime simply because of miscommunication or a misunderstanding of some sort. There was no crime committed at all.
- A person did commit a crime but it was not motivated by bias. This then, does not quality as a hate crime.
- A person’s actions qualify as free speech under the First Amendment.
If you know someone who has been arrested for a hate crime (or even if it is not a hate crime), they can bail out of jail and return home until trial. To do this, please contact Bail Bond Store – Santa Clarita at 661-799-0600 or go to santa-clarita-bailbonds.com. Santa Clarita makes paying for bail easier and cheaper, meaning the money you save can be allocated towards perhaps hiring a lawyer to help you argue your case in this sensitive situation. Santa Clarita cannot refer you to legal council but with some research and recommendations from other friends and family, you can find a great attorney.